Refugee Cafe

The role: Trade on Refugee Cafes market stall and educate customers about the products, currently Syrian and Ecuadorian, as well as raise awareness around the challenges local refugees face and create a buzz about new social enterprise Refugee Café.

Click here for more information.


A Mentor with XLP serves as a trusted friend and guide to a young person aged 11-18. The role includes helping to ensure that the mentee develops important academic and life skills, makes positive life choices and stays in education or training.

XLP are currently particularly looking for men to volunteer, due to the high demand of teenage boys needing a male mentor.

Click here for more information.

The Legendary Community Club

The Legendary Community Club are a grassroots project making and distributing emergency food provision to children and families over the summer holidays.

They are currently in need of volunteer packers and drivers to help in putting together lunches and delivering them to youth clubs. Packing takes place at St Marks, Catford. And delivery to various locations in Lewisham.

They also seek volunteers for project coordinating and managing the day to day activities (1-2 days a week).
To apply or hear more about it please fill out their short volunteer interest form and they will send you over some more details. You can support their fundraiser here.

Lewisham Food Bank

Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network

LRMN are are looking for new Trustees to join their experienced and committed board. They are particularly looking for people to strengthen their expertise in Human Resources, Finance and IT/Digital.

Click here to register your interest. 

MS Society

The MS Society Helpline volunteering team have a new befriending service which they are looking to launch at the end of August and they are recruiting volunteers from this week.

The closing date is currently the 23rd of August but maybe subject to change. They currently have 20 roles available. Application is through our website the link is provided here.

You can also access an advert for the role here and the role description here.

Therapy for Healing

Therapy For Healing are looking for:

IT Volunteer (Short Term) – Help us understand their IT needs, look at what they are using now and support to move forward and streamline.

Social Media Volunteer (Ongoing) – Support our social media presence, help them set up a Twitter account to best effect and review our Facebook and Instagram presence – ideally they would like someone who can post on a weekly basis for us.

Volunteer Filmmaker (Project) – Share their story so far and offer some insight into their own Covid-19 response.

They are also always interested in trained and qualified volunteer therapists including counsellors.

Visit their website to express an interest.

Youth First

Volunteer with Youth First and be a part of a charitable organisation who are committed to creating positive change in the lives of children and young people aged 8-19 and up to 24 with additional needs within the Lewisham borough. 

Goldsmith’s Community Centre – Give a Song

Local musicians are volunteering to work with Goldsmiths Community Centre to bring some cheer with a song, sung to somebody who is socially isolated due to shielding or for other reasons linked to the lockdown.

They are recruiting volunteers across genres of music and will try to match the song to the wishes of the people nominated to receive the gift of a song. You can make a referral by following this link.

Pepys Social Supermarket

Pepys Social Supermarket are looking for four volunteers to help with deliveries on Fridays at 2000 Community Action Centre, from 12-2.30pm on Fridays. This can be on bike, foot or car, and will involve some lifting and carrying.

Apply here to register your interest.

Downham Mutual Aid

Downham Mutual Aid, are looking for help delivering their food parcels on Thursdays and Fridays between 12-5pm (can be flexible). Preferably drivers but cyclists can deliver also if you have a big rucksack!

Contact: steph_m_p@hotmail.co.uk to register your interest.

Evelyn Community Store

Eveyln Community Store are looking for volunteers on Tuesdays and Fridays for food packing and delivering.

Follow this link to get involved.

St Christopher’s Hospice

St Christopher’s Hospice charity shops are back open and they still need extra help, whether you can offer 1 week or 3 months they would love to hear from you!

Register your interest here

BME Forum’s Familia Project

Volunteer Drivers needed for the BME Forum’s Familia project to deliver African, Caribbean and Asian meals across Lewisham to people who are shielded.

  Every Friday until mid August; Time: 11.30am – 4pm; Location: grouped area in Lewisham; DBS helpful though can be arranged through the project. Must have own insured car. £15 petrol expenses and ppe provided. 

Contact: barbara.gray@urbandandelion.co.uk

Clarion Futures

Clarion Futures are looking for people to deliver leaflets to pepole who are shielding about the Covid-19 Response Hub in SE12 & SE13

If you would like to take part please email Rasna.Khanom@clarionhg.com

St Peter’s Brockley Food Bank

St Peter’s Food Bank in Brockley are looking for volunteers to pack and deliver their food.

They have an online sign up calendar with delivery slots on Wednesdays and packing slots on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Lewisham Irish Community Centre

The Lewisham Irish Community Centre are looking for a volunteer chef (preferably trained) with food safety hygiene level 2 (minimum) to lead on a community meal project on Wednesdays at Lewisham Irish Community Centre.

The role involves cooking 40 + meals for older and vulnerable adults in the local community that will be delivered by bike for lunch. Please contact manager@lewishamirish.org.uk to apply. 

Voluntary Services Lewisham

We are looking for volunteers with current DBS (up to 3 years old) who can spend 1 hour a week calling up to 3 people who are isolating due to COVID 19. No prior experience needed, but you should be a happy, sociable person who can be a window to the world for someone. 

If you have not yet registered to volunteer with Lewisham Local, please fill in this form. If you have already registered to volunteer but are not yet in a role, please email – befriending@vslonline.org.uk

Lewisham Food Bank

Lewisham Food Bank are looking for food parcel delivery drivers.

If you are a car owner, free any weekday between 11.30 am – 3.30 pm, able to do up to 2 shifts per week, not returning to work any time soon and want to become part of their team then email volunteers@lewisham.foodbank.org.uk

Living Water Christian Centre’s Food Service

Living Water Christian Centre’s Food Service need volunteers on Wednesdays for up to two hours between 10am – 4pm to deliver their food.

Contact LWCC for more info:  Lwccfoodservice@gmail.com and 07783441973

EY Foundation

The EY Foundation are looking for volunteers to help advise young people on their now online summer mentorship schemes!

Find out more about what volunteering opportunities there are and how to get involved here

Donate and Get Training


Got an old laptop or tablet you don’t want? CatBytes are getting requests from people who are isolating, unemployed, or have children that need help with schoolwork. If your equipment is okay, CatBytes will find a home for it. Otherwise they can have it cleanly recycled.

London Rainbow

Do you have an old tablet or phone lying around unused? If so, you can help people in London who have been cut off from family, friends and support services due to Covid-19.

Find out more about where and how you can donate your old device here.

British Red Cross

The Red Cross are offering training for any volunteer responding to the Coronavirus outbreak. The training is in the format of an online course and can be accessed here

Spare Hand

SpareHand connects volunteers to local charities and community organisations including some in Lewisham looking for people to help them respond to covid-19 based on skills and task matching.

For more info and to sign up visit their website.

Crochet for Lewisham Hospital

Lewisham Hospital have begun a crochet heart scheme. You crochet 2 hearts, one for patients and one for the relative(s), to learn more about designing a heart click here

Please send the hearts to: Macmillan Team, 2nd floor Pink Zone, University Hospital Lewisham, SE13 6LH.

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